Christmas through the ages in the South East

Experience Christmas throughout the decades at some of our finest houses across the region this season. From a 1930s Christmas at Polesden Lacey to a Victorian Christmas at Uppark up until the modern day - relive a traditional Christmas with the National Trust.

Visitors admiring the indoor greenery for a Georgian Christmas at Petworth House

A Georgian Christmas at Petworth  

Petworth House celebrates a bygone Christmas that reignites the old traditions of the Georgian era with selected rooms of the House and servants' Quarters dressed for an opulent occasion and a 'below stairs' Christmas scene.

The dining room decorated for Christmas at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

A 1920s Christmas at Chartwell 

A warm welcome awaits you at Chartwell this Christmas as you are invited to visit the house for a glimpse of what Churchill's family Christmas might have been like in the 1920s.

The dining room at Standen dressed for Christmas

Standen's nostalgic Christmas 

Enjoy Christmas at Standen in West Sussex, from the Victorian period through to modern day including extended twilight openings for a special view of the house after dark.

Victorian butler and maid decorate a Christmas tree in the Dining Room at Uppark, West Sussex

Uppark Victorian Christmas 

Take a step back in time to the Victorian era for a glittering Christmas. Meet the servants and discover stunning costumes made of paper by Delicarta.

You can explore The Vyne decorated for a Victorian Christmas.

A Victorian family Christmas at The Vyne 

Beautifully decorated for the first time since The Vyne's roof project, explore the ground floor of the house for the magical splendour of a Victorian Christmas.

A woman stands in front of a Christmas tree behind a table with a tray of champagne, an a gramaphone

Polesden Lacey's 1930's Christmas 

Experience the glamour of a high society 1930s soirée at Polesden Lacey. Music of the era accompanies your journey through the house culminating in a visit to see Mrs Greville's fabulous 18ft sparkling Christmas tree.

Ightham Mote decorated for Christmas

Celebrate Christmas past 

Visit Ightham Mote during the festive season for a celebration of Christmas past with a Victorian Christmas with an American twist.

A candlelit Christmas at Ham House

A candlelit Christmas at Ham House 

During December, experience the wonderful atmosphere of Ham House lit by candle light. With candles and natural greenery filling the house, and music, food and of course sparkling trees.

Staff hang the Christmas wreaths at Quebec House, a National Trust property in Kent

A Georgian Christmas at Quebec House 

Step back in time and experience a traditional Georgian Christmas at Quebec House this festive season. Open weekends in December, 1pm-4pm, the house is full of traditional holly and ivy and special Georgian treats.

Decorated Christmas tree in the Octagon Room at Basildon Park

Travel back in time at Basildon Park 

Discover Christmas in the different periods of Basildon Park's history, from a stripped back World War Two room and tree, through the lavish Victorian tradition, and right back to the Georgian decadence of the Sykes family.

Dining room table at Christmas in crystal and silver

Celebrate a 1920s Christmas at Upton 

At Upton House this see first hand how the new owners in the 1920s created a Christmas family home perfectly in keeping with the arrival of the jazz era.